Black Tudors: New Narratives

Black Tudors: New Narratives
From 26 January 2024 at 10:00 AM
To 22 March 2024 at 5:00 PM

A new exhibition in celebration of Black Tudors.

New Narratives has been created in collaboration with young, local artists of Black Heritage, to explore people of African origin who lived in England during the Tudor Era.

The artists are Annie Pearson, Nompumelelo Ncube, Jade Eynon, and Nina-Simone Brown. 


To paint a true picture of Tudor England, it’s important that these stories are explored and represented. People of African origin have been part of the British story for a long time. This exhibition invites visitors to see their culture and history reflected back to them, whilst celebrating the diverse communities of Birmingham. 

The artwork re-imagines four Black Tudors:

Jacques Francis, salvage diver 

Cattelena of Almondsbury, independent single woman

Mary Fillis, Moroccan convert

Reasonable Blackman, silk weaver

Book onto a special tour of this exhibition on Saturday 16th March. 

This exhibition is in partnership with Black Arts Forum and funded by West Midlands Museum Development.

Tickets: Exhibition included in museum entry ticket, which can be purchased upon arrival - no need to pre-book. Selly Manor Museum is open Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm.

The museum will also be open 10am-4pm on Saturday 17th February - it is free entry on this day. 

Bournville Village Trust (BVT) residents receive free entry to Selly Manor Museum.

Accessibility: Some of this exhibition takes place on the upper floors of Selly Manor which due to the historical nature of the building is only accessible via stairs. If you would like to know more or discuss accessibility then please call the Selly Manor Museum team on 0121 472 0199.